Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 111899)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $119.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons – a "Napa Valley" and the venerable "Special Selection." Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus Napa Valley is more representative of a standard Cabernet of Napa Valley, as it is a bit less precocious than the Special Selection, but still delivers big. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well at maturity. Both the "Napa Valley" and "Special Selection" Cabernets are produced under the winemaking hand of Chuck Wagner.

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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2009
Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2009
(search item no. 108124)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This intense Spätlese bears the characteristic purity of the vintage. It is very ripe and juicy, with a mouth-filling richness that is balanced by a firm, typically spicy minerality. At the end, there is a lovely lift to the dry finish.

This is a wonderful wine for richer foods. Its low alcohol makes it especially good with spicy Asian/fusion cuisine.

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About Dr Loosen:

The Dr. Loosen Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. With ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old, some of the best vineyard sites in Germany (four rated grand cru and two premier cru by both the 1868 German classification and the more current Wine Atlas of Germany), Ernst Loosen has the raw materials for stunningly intense, world-class wines. With crop yields almost half of what is permitted by law, only moderate use of organic fertilizers, and old-fashioned cellar practices, Loosen strives to create wines that unmistakably say, "Riesling, Mosel, and Dr. Loosen." In his own words, "The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their mind of what their wine should be. It's a vision that places terrior over technology, and grape quality over quantity. This is the level of winemaking we pursue at Dr. Loosen. Our goal is to produce wines that are luscious, complex, and true to their roots."


White Wines    Riesling    Mosel-Saar-Ruwer    Germany   
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Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2010
Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 2010
(search item no. 111153)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage on the Mosel is producing some of the best wines of the decade as it has combined very ripe fruit with higher acid levels. The 2010 Ürziger Würzgarten (Ürzig is the village and Würzgarten means "spice garden") is no exception. The aromatic floral notes on the nose lead into lush tropical fruits on the palate that meld with the signature hint of spice that comes from the red volcanic soil. This is all capped off by bright acidity. Drink now with spicy meals, cheese or dessert or lay it down for 15 years and have it with wild game.
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About Dr Loosen:

The Dr. Loosen Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. With ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old, some of the best vineyard sites in Germany (four rated grand cru and two premier cru by both the 1868 German classification and the more current Wine Atlas of Germany), Ernst Loosen has the raw materials for stunningly intense, world-class wines. With crop yields almost half of what is permitted by law, only moderate use of organic fertilizers, and old-fashioned cellar practices, Loosen strives to create wines that unmistakably say, "Riesling, Mosel, and Dr. Loosen." In his own words, "The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their mind of what their wine should be. It's a vision that places terrior over technology, and grape quality over quantity. This is the level of winemaking we pursue at Dr. Loosen. Our goal is to produce wines that are luscious, complex, and true to their roots."


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Dr. Loosen Dr. L Estate QbA 2010
Dr. Loosen Dr. L Estate QbA 2010
(search item no. 110826)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Dr. L Riesling evokes a walk through an orchard in the late summer: luscious pear, peach and apple aromas retain the crisp sweet tart quality of ripening fruit just before harvest. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is refreshing and juicy, with zippy acidity balancing bright flavors of pear, apricot, mango and lime. The lush attack is followed by a long finish that is simultaneously sweet and tart, dry and mouth-watering.

With its bright fruit, cleansing acidity and low alcohol (just 8.5%), the Dr. L 2010 Riesling is the ideal welcome wine for every gathering, and a great go-to glass for just about every course in a meal. A perfect pour for brunch, its flavors complement everything from rich eggs and hollandaise to sweet waffles and salty ham. It's also excellent with Asian noodle dishes and salad rolls, especially if there is a touch of heat involved. For dessert, Dr. L loves a pear or apple crisp.

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About Dr Loosen:

The Dr. Loosen Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. With ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old, some of the best vineyard sites in Germany (four rated grand cru and two premier cru by both the 1868 German classification and the more current Wine Atlas of Germany), Ernst Loosen has the raw materials for stunningly intense, world-class wines. With crop yields almost half of what is permitted by law, only moderate use of organic fertilizers, and old-fashioned cellar practices, Loosen strives to create wines that unmistakably say, "Riesling, Mosel, and Dr. Loosen." In his own words, "The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their mind of what their wine should be. It's a vision that places terrior over technology, and grape quality over quantity. This is the level of winemaking we pursue at Dr. Loosen. Our goal is to produce wines that are luscious, complex, and true to their roots."


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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St. Supery Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc 2008
St. Supery Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 101478)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our estate grown 2008 Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc is an exceptional example of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Starting with focused and intense aromas of grapefruit, honeysuckle, apricot and nectarines there is plenty going on here. The palate is rich with ruby grapefruit, pomelo that is shaped by mineral and floral notes. The finish is bright and long ending with a touch of spice.
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About St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery:

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned, sustainably-farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California, with more than 515 acres of certified Napa Green and California Sustainable Winemaking vineyards. All of the grapes for St. Supery Esates' wine portfolio, including the highly-regarded Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown in two estate vineyards. The Skalli family, owners of St. Supery Estate, has a long history of winemaking. They planted their first vineyard in 1920 and carry this tradition on through the generations with their ownership of St. Supery Estate today.


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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106549)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $169.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Cabernet Sauvignons from 2007 are remarkably fruit-forward and generous in their youth, yet remain true to the house style, with refinement, elegance and long cellaring potential. The 2007 CASK 23 offers continuously unfolding aromas of violets, cassis, whole and crushed blackberries, oak spice, dark cocoa, cedar and subtle cigar box. It's intense, yet still vibrant and fresh, with concentrated flavors which build through the finish and linger after each sip. Silky texture and refined tannins complete the portrait. Serve CASK 23 with braised beef cheeks or crown roast of lamb.
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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other Australia    Australia   
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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
(search item no. 21085)
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1995 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Colour: Deep red with magenta hues.

Nose: Expressive varietal lift - predominantly blackcurrant with a hint of tomato leaf. Wild raspberry and blackberry nuances become evident as the wine sits in the glass. A subtle background of spicy, smoky oak.

Palate: Generous ripe berry fruits - like blackcurrant conserve - with a suggestion of praline. Pronounced, yet not aggressive, tannins. Finishes with a fruit sweetness and balanced oak/tannin firmness.

Serving and Cellaring Suggestions: This wine will gain complexity and evolve with careful cellaring. An ideal accompaniment to roast lamb.

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.